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Sid Meier

Born 1954 (age 53–54)
Occupation Game designer
Spouse Susan Meier
Children Ryan Meier

Sidney K. Meier (born 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American programmer and designer of several popular computer strategy games. Meier has won accolades for both his contributions to the computer games industry and for the titles that have gained huge commercial successes, such as a star on the Walk of Game. Sid Meier is a Director of Creative Development for computer game developer Firaxis Games, which he co-founded with Jeff Briggs and Brian Reynolds in 1996. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar). ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A game programmer is a software engineer who primarily develops computer or video games or related software (such as game development tools). ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... Chess is one of the most well-known and played strategy games of all time. ... Pac-Man is one of the most recognizable video games ever created. ... The Walk of Game is an area of the Metreon complex building in San Francisco, California that honors great video game achievements. ... Firaxis Games is a computer game developer. ... Jeff Briggs is founder, president, and CEO of Firaxis Games, a computer game developer based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. ... Brian Reynolds (born 1967) is a well known computer strategy game designer, formerly of MicroProse and Firaxis Games. ...

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Career

Sid Meier founded MicroProse together with Bill Stealey in 1982. At MicroProse, Meier developed the game series for which he is most widely recognized, Civilization, although he designed only the first installment. Meier eventually left MicroProse and in 1996 founded Firaxis Games along with veteran designer and gaming executive Jeff Briggs. Today Firaxis makes strategy games, many of which are follow-ups to classic Meier titles, such as Civilization IV and Pirates!. John Wilbur Wild Bill Stealey Sr. ... For the complete series of games, see Civilization (series). ... Firaxis Games is a computer game developer. ... Jeff Briggs is founder, president, and CEO of Firaxis Games, a computer game developer based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. ... Sid Meiers Civilization IV (Civilization IV or Civ4) is a turn-based strategy computer game released in 2005 and developed by lead designer Soren Johnson under the direction of Sid Meier and Meiers studio Firaxis Games. ... The 2004 version of the game features a high-end 3D engine, a feature impossible to deliver with the original 1987 release. ...


In 1999, Meier became the second person to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame. The first to receive that honor was Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo. Since 1998, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has annually inducted into its Hall of Fame video game developers that have made revolutionary and innovative achievements in the computer and video game industry. ... Shigeru Miyamoto , born November 16, 1952) is a Japanese video game designer. ... For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ...


Meier is not always the main designer on titles that carry his name. For instance, Brian Reynolds has been credited as the primary designer behind Civilization 2, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, and Sid Meier's Colonization,[1][2] while Jeff Briggs designed Civilization III and Soren Johnson led Sid Meier's Civilization IV. Currently Meier's role appears to be that of a creative director, simultaneously contributing to multiple projects. Brian Reynolds (born 1967) is a well known computer strategy game designer, formerly of MicroProse and Firaxis Games. ... In this screenshot of Civilization II most of the gameworld has been discovered, as can be seen by the mini-map located in the upper right of the screen. ... “SMAC” redirects here. ... Jeff Briggs is founder, president, and CEO of Firaxis Games, a computer game developer based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. ... Sid Meiers Civilization III is a turn-based strategy computer game by Firaxis Games, the sequel to Sid Meiers Civilization II. It was followed by Civilization IV. Also called Civ 3 or Civ III for short, the game is the third generation of the original Civilization. ... Employed by Firaxis Games in 2000, Soren Johnson co-designed and helped in programming the popular video game Civilization III and its expansion packs. ... Sid Meiers Civilization IV is a turn-based strategy computer game. ...


Meier worked with a team on a dinosaur themed game starting early 2000, but announced in an online development diary on January 24, 2001 that the game had been shelved. Despite trying various approaches, including turn-based and real-time gameplay, he said he found no way to make the concept fun enough. In August 2005, Meier said "We've been nonstop busy making other games over the past several years, so the dinosaur game remains on the shelf. However, I do love the idea of a dinosaur game and would like to revisit it when I have some time."[3] Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... A turn-based game, also known as turn-based strategy, is a game where each participant plays in turn. ... -1...


In January 2008, CMP Game Group announced that Meier would be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Game Developer's Conference. The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is an annual gathering of video game developers. ...


Meier currently lives in Hunt Valley, Maryland with his wife, Susan, and son, Ryan. He met his wife at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cockeysville, where they both sing in the choir.[4] Hunt Valley is an unincorporated community located in Baltimore County, Maryland just north of the Baltimore, Maryland metro area, on Highway 145 off I-83, by Loch Raven Reservoir. ... Cockeysville is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located in Baltimore County, Maryland. ...


References to Sid Meier in games

  • Sid Meier's likeness is used in Sid Meier's Civilization and Sid Meier's Civilization III for the game's science advisor.
  • The gameplay tutorial in Civilization IV is presented by a character modeled after Sid Meier and voiced by the man himself. In Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword he performs the narration for the six new technologies.
  • In Civilization IV, Sid Meier is "leader" of the barbarians.
  • Civilization III has the hardest difficulty listed as 'Sid'.
  • Several of Sid Meier's most acclaimed games were inspired by board games designed by Francis Tresham of Hartland Trefoil Ltd. The earliest editions of Railroad Tycoon and Civilization contained acknowledgements of these inspirations: Railroad Tycoon was inspired by a rail building board game "1829" by Tresham (the start of the 18xx series), and Civilization by a board game of the same name also by Tresham. Tresham also designed a board game called "Spanish Main" which could have been an inspiration for Pirates!, but there seems to be no written evidence for that. In 1998, MicroProse purchased Hartland Trefoil Ltd., eliminating any risk of copyright conflicts.
  • There is a hidden faction named Firaxis in Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and the leader is Sid Meier, unlockable by opening a file with the faction editor.
  • There is a hidden faction named Firaxians in Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire and the leader is Sid Meier or Brian Reynolds, unlockable by opening a file with the faction editor.
  • In the baseball video game Major League Baseball 2K7, there is a fielding coach named Sid Meier.
  • In Sid Meier's Pirates!, he can be seen on some occasions instead of the mysterious trader in the corner of the tavern.

Sid Meiers Civilization IV (Civilization IV or Civ4) is a turn-based strategy computer game released in 2005 and developed by lead designer Soren Johnson under the direction of Sid Meier and Meiers studio Firaxis Games. ... Francis Tresham is an United Kingdom based board game designer who has been producing board games since the early 1970s. ... Screenshot from Railroad Tycoon Railroad Tycoon is an economic simulation and computer strategy game. ... 18XX is the generic term for a series of board games which, with a few exceptions, recreate the building of railroad corporations during the 19th century; individual games within the series use particular years in the 19th century as their title (usually the date of the start of railway development... “SMAC” redirects here. ... Sid Meiers Alien Crossfire, published in September 1999, is an expansion pack for Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri, a turn-based strategic 4X computer game. ... Major League Baseball 2K7 (or MLB 2K7) is a Major League Baseball licensed baseball simulation video game developed by Kush Games and published by 2K Sports. ... This article is about the videogame released in 1987. ...

Games

Games that have been developed by Meier span three decades. Some of the more notable titles are listed below in chronological order.

  • Spitfire Ace (1982) — The first project in which Sid played a major role in the game creation stage.
  • HellCat Ace (1982)
  • Floyd of the Jungle (1982)
  • NATO Commander (1984)
  • Solo Flight (1984)
  • Kennedy Approach (1985)
  • F-15 Strike Eagle (1985) — one of the first combat flight simulators
  • Silent Service (1985), a World War II submarine simulation game, and Meier's first foray out of flight sims.
  • Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)
  • F-19 Stealth Fighter (1988)
  • F-15 Strike Eagle II (1989)
  • Covert Action (1990)
  • Railroad Tycoon (1990), a business simulation game that paints the early development of railroads in the United States and Europe, a time when competition between railroad companies was very fierce. With the release of Sid Meier's Railroads!, this series now has four installments.
  • Civilization (1991), Meier's most successful game to date. It has lived through several versions (see below) and sold over 6 million copies. This game is a turn-based strategy game.
  • Pirates! Gold (1993)
  • Colonization (1994), a turn-based strategy game themed on the early European colonization of the New World, starting in 1492 and lasting until the age of independence in 1850. To achieve victory in this game, the player must declare independence, and win in a revolutionary war against their mother country in Europe (France, England, The Netherlands, or Spain).
  • Civilization II (1996) Follow-up to Sid Meier's successful Civilization; Brian Reynolds was lead designer on the game.
  • Magic: The Gathering (1997) This would be the last game that Sid Meier worked on for MicroProse.
  • Sid Meier's Gettysburg! (1997) Sid Meier's first real-time tactical game.
  • Sid Meier's Antietam! (1998) Sid Meier's Gettysburg and Antietam are part of his Civil War set.
  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (1999) Brian Reynolds was lead designer on this adaptation of Civilization to an outer space theme. Alpha Centauri is set in a futuristic setting on an alien world, with ideological factions substituting for civilizations. This is a much more versatile version of Civilization, featuring economics and unique military customization, as well as diplomacy.
  • Sid Meier's SimGolf (2000) A golfing simulation in which the player built their own golf course and played it, against computer players, co-created by Maxis. Not to be confused with Maxis' 1996 title SimGolf.
  • Civilization III (2001), Jeff Briggs designed the third installment of the series, with improved rules, graphics and gameplay. New features include expanded Diplomacy much like Alpha Centauri, and also introduces "Culture" as a tool of domination, and "Strategic Resources" required for trade and to produce certain units. Sales of this installment makes the Civilization series the best selling PC series to date.
  • Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004), follow-up to the acclaimed Pirates! game from 1987, updating the graphics and featuring some entirely new gameplay elements and an all new ballroom dancing segment.
  • Civilization IV, Designed by Soren Johnson and released October 25, 2005. A full 3D engine replaces the isometric maps of Civilization II and III. This installment makes "Religion" (present in earlier versions only as a means of population pacification and control) a tool of domination, alongside the Culture and Diplomacy elements from previous incarnations.
  • Sid Meier's Railroads!, released October 17, 2006. When Take 2 shut down PopTop Software and folded it into Firaxis, Meier once again became responsible for the Railroad Tycoon series, and this is billed as the sequel to Railroad Tycoon 3.
  • Civilization Revolution, announced on June 28, 2007. A seventh generation console edition of Civilization.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV: War of Two Cities, releasing in Q1, 2008. One of three Sid Meier properties to be launched by Oasys Mobile, this new Sid Meier property takes the major civilizations and pits them against one another in a real time one on one battle to take over the opponents major city. The game is being developed by Floodgate Entertainment.
  • Sid Meier's Pirates Mobile, releasing in Q1, 2008. The game is being developed and published by Oasys Mobile and was lead by one of the original programmers for Pirates! Gold.
  • Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Mobile, releasing in Q1, 2008. Developed by Blue Heat and published by Oasys Mobile. This version is based on the Sid Meier classic game series, the mobile version allows players to build their own transportation empire.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization, is a 2008 remake of the 1994 Colonization, and is a stand alone game based on the Civilization IV engine.

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For the complete series of games, see Civilization (series). ... Pirates! Gold is a 1993 computer game, a sequel to Sid Meiers 1987 release, Sid Meiers Pirates!. MicroProse developed this 256-color version for MS-DOS, Macintosh, Mega Drive/Genesis, Amiga CD32 and Windows 3. ... Colonization is a computer game by Brian Reynolds and Sid Meier released by Microprose in 1994. ... Frontispiece of Peter Martyr dAnghieras De orbe novo (On the New World). Carte dAmérique, Guillaume Delisle, 1722. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... Sid Meiers Civilization II, a. ... Brian Reynolds (born 1967) is a well known computer strategy game designer, formerly of MicroProse and Firaxis Games. ... Sid Meiers Gettysburg! is a real-time tactics computer game designed by Sid Meier the co-founder of Firaxis Games, then was released in 1997 by Electronic Arts. ... The real-time tactical (RTT) computer game genre is a derivation of the real-time strategy (RTS) genre. ... Sid Meiers Antietam! is a real-time tactics computer game designed by Sid Meier the co-founder of Firaxis Games, then was released in 1998 by Electronic Arts. ... “SMAC” redirects here. ... Brian Reynolds (born 1967) is a well known computer strategy game designer, formerly of MicroProse and Firaxis Games. ... This article is about negotiations. ... Sid Meiers Sim Golf is a computer game created by Sid Meier and Firaxis in 2002. ... This article is about the game. ... This article is about the sport of golf. ... Maxis Software is an American company that was founded as a video game developer and is now a brand name of Electronic Arts (EA). ... SimGolf is a computer game created by Maxis in 1996. ... Sid Meiers Civilization III is a turn-based strategy computer game by Firaxis Games, the sequel to Sid Meiers Civilization II. It was followed by Civilization IV. Also called Civ 3 or Civ III for short, the game is the third generation of the original Civilization. ... Jeff Briggs is founder, president, and CEO of Firaxis Games, a computer game developer based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. ... The 2004 version of the game features a high-end 3D engine, a feature impossible to deliver with the original 1987 release. ... The 2004 version of the game features a high-end 3D engine, a feature impossible to deliver with the original 1987 release. ... Sid Meiers Civilization IV (Civilization IV or Civ4) is a turn-based strategy computer game released in 2005 and developed by lead designer Soren Johnson under the direction of Sid Meier and Meiers studio Firaxis Games. ... Employed by Firaxis Games in 2000, Soren Johnson co-designed and helped in programming the popular video game Civilization III and its expansion packs. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An isometric drawing of a cube. ... Sid Meiers Railroads! is a personal computer game developed by Sid Meier that was released in October 2006 and is the sequel to Railroad Tycoon 3. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ... 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This page refers to Q1, a residential tower on the Gold Coast, Australia. ... The 2004 version of the game features a high-end 3D engine, a feature impossible to deliver with the original 1987 release. ... Look up Mobile in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This page refers to Q1, a residential tower on the Gold Coast, Australia. ... Pirates! Gold is a 1993 computer game, a sequel to Sid Meiers 1987 release, Sid Meiers Pirates!. MicroProse developed this 256-color version for MS-DOS, Macintosh, Mega Drive/Genesis, Amiga CD32 and Windows 3. ... Look up Mobile in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This page refers to Q1, a residential tower on the Gold Coast, Australia. ... Blue Heat was an early photo-realistic adventure game which included technology which eventually evolved into qtvr. ... Colonization is a computer game by Brian Reynolds and Sid Meier released by Microprose in 1994. ...

References

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See also

  • Will Wright

For other persons of the same name, see Will Wright. ...

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As Director of Creative Development at FIRAXIS, Sid Meier continues to deliver the most heralded gameplay on the planet and is still recognized by industry experts such as PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, Gamespot, and Gamespy as one of the industry's "Game Gods," taking game development to new heights.
Sid Meier was inducted into the Academy Hall of Fame in 1999 for his pioneering work in computer game design.
Sid Meier said that SimCity, Empire, Railroad Tycoon, and the Civilization board game were the different ingredients that he stirred together to get to the Civilization PC game.
Sid Meier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (956 words)
Sid Meier (born Sidney K. Meier in 1954, in Detroit, USA) is a renowned American programmer and designer of some of the most commercially and critically successful computer games of all time.
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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (1999) Brian Reynolds was lead designer on this adaptation of Civilization to an outer space theme.
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